UFI Blog

by Courtney Aintablian Fatherless-ness: it is an epidemic. We see it in our schools, work places, churches – you cannot miss it. It has become the “norm” to see a mother raising her children on her own.. What has happened in our society? Have men lost...

By Tori Black For many years my husband and I were volunteers with Boy Scouts of America. We served in packs, troops, crews and districts in a variety of positions. We helped youth develop virtues embodied in the Scout oath, law and motto as they worked...

By McKayla Skinner Some of the most significant changes in family life are brought about by small and simple things. Something you may have experienced in the past is the joy that come from planting and harvesting a garden. One article notes six little-mentioned benefits of...

By Tonya Cox I am a Rapid Eye Technician. Rapid Eye Technology is a technique used to assist people in identifying and releasing stress and trauma in their life as well as learn life skills for living happier, vibrant, and more peaceful lives. I work with...

By Ashley Corbaley Without a doubt the person I admire most is my mother. Since the very beginning she has constantly been my nurturer, my cheerleader, my support and my friend. She taught me everything I know. She gave me life. Everything that I am is...

By McKayla Skinner Sometime after the birth of my third child I came across some family support organizations that help with the transition to parenthood. I had no idea there were so many resources or people experiencing similar things. All I knew was at discharge...

By Suzanne Smith and LaRenda Sommers In the fierce debate that rages on the right to life versus the right to choose, one consideration has been ignored from the abortion platform; the devastating effect abortions have on women’s mental health. If we really care about women...

The UFI team had a very successful experience at this year’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). We had eight university students and four faculty join us in visiting representatives from over 50 countries, as well as attending and reporting on side and parallel...

By Tonya Cox I have a delightful 3-year-old granddaughter named Ellie. She is a girl that knows her own mind and is highly intelligent with an emotional awareness and vocabulary that rivals children many years older. She knows what she wants and often seeks to dictate...

By Ashley Corbaley We all have seen it: a mom or dad busily scrolling or texting away on their cell phone on the park bench while their children are playing on the playground. Maybe from time to time we are even guilty of it ourselves. A few...

By Elise Ellsworth On January 8, 2018 the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that same-sex marriages should be recognized.  This landmark ruling is binding precedent in Costa Rica and could do the same for other signatory countries, including Chile, Mexico, Honduras, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Paraguay,...

By McKayla Skinner When it comes to good health many Pediatricians will include family meals as part of their triage. This is not solely in honor of the maxim “Families who eat together, stay together,” rather it is built upon research findings that suggests that if...

By Miriam Merrill Regardless of which side of the gun control dichotomy you fall on, I think we can all agree on one thing: lives are precious. As the nation tries to make sense of these recent tragic events, several alleged social and political culprits have...

Some people have your back When it comes to protecting the integrity of the family and traditional values, one entity at the United Nations stands out, and that is the Holy See. “Holy See” comes from the Latin Sancta Sedes, which means “Holy Chair” and refers...

By Ashley Corbaley When most people hear the word “addiction” they think of being dependent on a substance such drugs or alcohol. There are many substances to which people can be addicted. There are also behaviors that can be addictive. Sometimes we can be addicted to...

By Marci Nelson When I was in the 8th grade, I borrowed a book from my school library. It was a romance novel and, having read a handful of novels by this author, I did not think twice about my choice. However one night while reading...

By Elise Ellsworth Teenagers in Inner City Boston are now given the option of attending the pilot program of a “Porn Literacy” class in a program known as “Start Strong” in the Boston area.  This class is designed to help students understand how pornography affects them...

By McKayla Skinner Valentine's Day is an extra opportunity for us to show our loved ones just how much we care about them. Yet once the chocolates are gone, the dinner is eaten, and the flowers wilt, what helps love last? In considering this question, I...

by Marci Nelson Pornography has become a hot topic in recent years. Many celebrities, including Terry Crews and Pamela Anderson, have spoken out on the dangers of pornography. Many non-profit organizations such as Fight the New Drug and Citizens for Decency are working to combat the...

By Miriam Merrill Most of us have a desire to advocate for families, but in the midst of frightening headlines and threatening policy proposals it is easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. The good news is that there are many inexpensive and...

By Tonya Cox I am sure we can all remember the first time we had the talk about “the birds and the bees.” In my experience, most kids react with disgust at the very notion of sexual intercourse when it is first introduced. I know my...

By Ashley Corbaley Take a picture, ask questions later. That is how many parents in the world are doing it these days. From potty training mishaps to awkward first dates, parents are taking pictures and videos of it all and then posting it on their social...

For those like us, who value the family, the inability to have a child is a heavy burden. Infertility is a very real challenge for many couples. In the US alone, one in eight couples have difficulty conceiving or sustaining a pregnancy. Many of you...

By Erin Weist We live in a new time.  The generation raising children now is doing something absolutely new that no one in the history of the entire world has done before:  They are raising children with unprecedented amount of information streaming into their homes at...